Released today (November 10th) is the latest career-spanning Elton John compilation, called Diamonds. The set, which has been issued in single, double, and triple-disc editions, is also released as a limited-edition box set, double-LP heavy-weight gatefold vinyl, and on digital formats. Diamonds coincides with the 50th anniversary of Elton’s legendary songwriting partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin.
Among the timeless hits included on Diamonds are: “Rocket Man,” “Honky Cat,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Bennie And The Jets,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “The Bitch Is Back,” “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” “Daniel,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Island Girl,” the duet “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with Kiki Dee, “Little Jeannie,” “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” with John Lennon, “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” “Little Jeannie,” “I’m Still Standing,” “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues,” “Sad Songs (Say So Much),” “Nikita,” “Mama Can’t Buy You Love,” “Candle In The Wind,” “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” with George Michael, and many, many more.
Guitarist Davey Johnstone, who joined Elton John’s band in 1971 and currently serves as his musical director, was witness to some of rock’s most beloved songs being written in front of him: “Elton’d have a stack of lyrics and he’d just look through them. He wouldn’t do any pre-work (on the songs) in those days, y’know, he wouldn’t ever sneak ‘em at home with them, he’d wait till he get to the studio, and then literally sit down after breakfast and write a song. I mean, I’ve seen him write songs in the time that it’s taken me to make a chicken sandwich, or something.”
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